Creating positive change and supporting Canada’s mental health

The impact of each interaction on Bell Let’s Talk Day has been felt across the nation. Thank you to all those who continue to speak up about mental illness. Together, we can all play a role in creating positive change.

The Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund will provide grants in the range of $5,000 to $25,000 to projects that improve access to mental health care, supports and services for people in Canada. Click here for more information.

In July 2020, Bell Let’s Talk announced a new $5 million Diversity Fund to support the mental health and well-being of members of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour communities across Canada. For more information, click here.

Small action. Big impact.

1,168,302,700

Total number of interactions

$108,415,135

committed

to mental health initiatives

775

Community Fund grants

$20.8 million in funding

Children & Youth

$2.7 million in funding

Indigenous communities

$2.1 million in funding

Military family support

Bell Let’s Talk has partnered with more than 1,100 organizations who have supported over

3,806,409

Canadians with access to mental health services

$13 million

in Community Fund grants

2,312,193

crisis and distress

line users

1,739,136

children & youth reached

792,363

Canadians supported

through technology-based mental health programs

1,455,078

trained staff and volunteers

19,376

military families helped

through the Bell True Patriot Love Fund

83%

of Canadians reported believing attitudes about mental illness have changed for the better

since Bell Let’s Talk began

* Infographics representative of 2010-2020

The Neighbourhood Group Community Services – Toronto, ON

Partnering with Planned Parenthood Toronto, Ryerson University Youth Psychology Services, and East Metro Youth Services (EMYS), The Neighbourhood Group Community Services offers health care services for at-risk youth in a non-clinical, community setting. Funding from Bell Let’s Talk helps their two integrated model care clinics provide youth with free, timely access to on-site mental and sexual health care services during after-school drop-ins. Approximately 200 youth who face ongoing violence, exploitation, and abuse will have access weekly to a psychologist, therapist, and nurse during clinic hours to overcome anxiety, depression, and suicidality.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

The Sashbear Foundation – North Bay, ON

The Sashbear Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity recognized as one of the leading Canadian voices for families in awareness and access to treatment for emotional dysregulation, suicide prevention, and mental health resiliency. Bell Let’s Talk funding will support the translation of their program materials for two French-speaking communities. The program will positively impact family members, providing a toolbox of skills to help them care for themselves and be more effective in their relationships leading to better outcomes for loved ones struggling with mental illness.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Victim Services of Durham Region – Whitby, ON

Victim Services of Durham Region (VSDR) is an organization that works to provide immediate crisis intervention, systems advocacy, and financial support to victims of crimes and sudden tragedies. One of their programs will support over 250 human trafficking survivors and provide care for their mental health needs. The PROS Crisis Intervention Worker will offer mental health counselling, case management and systems advocacy to navigate subsidized housing, social assistance and the police. PROS will connect survivors to expedited longer term trauma health counselling.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Ways Mental Health Support – London, ON

Ways Mental Health Support is an accredited child and youth mental health agency providing housing, counselling, and crisis support for at-risk children and youth in London-Middlesex and Chatham-Kent. Bell Let’s Talk funding will contribute to the creation of an intensive community-based, transitional-age program for youth who lack adequate supports and are transitioning to independence from unstable housing, youth residential services or foster care.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Windsor-Essex Therapeutic Riding Association – Essex, ON

The donation from Bell Let’s Talk will bring Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) to 50 first responders living with occupational stress injuries such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and anxiety. EFP is a form of experiential therapy using horses as facilitators for growth and learning. The treatment team consists of a certified equine specialist, a mental health facilitator, and a first responder representative who will apply learned knowledge and experience with the recovery of PTSD.

Community Fund Ontario 2020